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Human Trafficking, Sex Trade Take Center Stage in EMU Theater Production

Sex trade and human trafficking take center stage as the theater department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) presents Silenced Auction, featuring the play “27 Million Voices.” Written and directed by Elizabeth Gannaway, performances for Silenced Auction are scheduled in the Lee E. Eshleman Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8. “The central ...More

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Plight of Undocumented Immigrants, in Actuality and in Drama

“We put one foot in front of the other and asked God for help with the next,” writes Kara Hartzler, in the voice of Marcela. A Guadalajaran woman crossing the border from Mexico into Arizona, Marcela is one of four immigrant characters Hartzler created using a combination of her training as both a playwright and immigration lawyer, in “No Rooster in the Desert.” ...More

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Play Looks at Plight of Immigrants Seeking the “American Dream”

“No Roosters in the Desert,” a play revolving around the plight of four women trekking across the Sonoran desert towards the “American dream,” will open the 2012-13 MainStage season at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Showtimes ...More

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Make a Splash With the Arts

At EMU, a Christian university like no other, students are learning to use art for social transformation, service within their community, to deepen their faith, and more. Theater As a theater student, you’ll act, direct and design productions, exploring your gifts and getting hands-on experience while ...More

EMU 2012 Spring Graduation

Doubling Down On Success

Being twins, Justin and Joel Rittenhouse learned to share growing up: toys, birthdays, even, in one sense, each other’s face. Now, the 21-year-olds  share another distinction — Eastern Mennonite University graduate. The brothers were among the more than 400 Royals who received diplomas on Sunday during commencement exercises at the liberal arts school. ...More

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CJP, Theater and VaCA Provide Collaborative Events

Two events at Eastern Mennonite University this week showcase the intersection between the arts and creating a more peaceful world. “The Feminine Divine: Embrace and Release” is a participatory dance workshop facilitated by Akiko Ishihara and framed by graphic posters designed by Chelsea Kight. It will be held Wednesday, April 11, 7-9 p.m., in the ...More

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Play Shows Woman Standing Up for Beliefs

A 20th-century version of the classic Greek drama Antigone – with its themes of love and loyalty, hatred and revenge – will headline the next Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) theater production, March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m., in the MainStage Theater in University Commons. “Antigone struggles with questions about humankind’s relationship to God, but in ...More

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An “Art”istic Comedy

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? These questions and more will be explored as Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) theater department presents, “Art,” by Yasmina Reza, Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Julia King, Art will be performed in the Margaret Martin Gehman Art Gall ...More

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Giving Death the Brushoff

Courtesy Daily News Record, Jan. 9, 2012 Somewhere in the middle of talking about her stage four terminal cancer and an upcoming play documenting her life, Sarah Pharis, 32, begins striking her “Katherine Hepburn face.” Sitting beside her on a deep purple velour couch at her Harrisonburg home, Ingrid De Sanctis, 46, launches into details of writing the play, called ...More

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Music, Theater Combine in Christmas Chapel

The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) music and theater departments will ring in the Christmas season with a university chapel centered around “Mary’s Child,” Monday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m., in Lehman Auditorium. “We offer this chapel as a gift to the campus and greater community as an expression of the faithfulness and transforming love of God,” said Brian ...More